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Firearms Prohibition Notice

The following is an email received by WRPC, as a holder of a firearms business license. It was sent from the Canadian Firearms Program.

From CFP-PCAF  May 1, 2020

Email to all business licence holders:                                        

Announcement of Firearms Prohibition

As you may know, on May 1, 2020, the Government of Canada amended the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted (commonly referred to as the Classification Regulations). These amendments have the effect of reclassifying the following as prohibited firearms and devices:

·         nine (9) types of firearms, by make and model, and their variants;

o   M16, AR-10, AR-15 rifles and M4 carbine;

o   Ruger Mini-14 rifle;

o   M14 rifle;

o   Vz58 rifle;

o   Robinson Armament XCR rifle;

o   CZ Scorpion EVO 3 carbine and pistol;

o   Beretta CX4 Storm carbine;

o   SIG Sauer SIG MCX and SIG Sauer SIG MPX carbine and pistol; and,

o   Swiss Arms Classic Green and Four Seasons series (as specified in former Bill C-71: An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms).

·         firearms with a bore of 20 mm or greater and those firearms capable of discharging a projectile with a muzzle energy greater than 10,000 Joules; and

·         the upper receivers of M16, AR-10, AR-15 and M4 pattern firearms.

An Amnesty Order, expiring April 30, 2022, has also been issued by the Government of Canada. This Order protects business owners from criminal liability for unlawful possession of a newly prohibited firearm if those business owners were previously in lawful possession of one or more of the newly prohibited firearms or prohibited devices on the day the amendments to the Classification Regulations came into force. This will allow business owners the time to come into compliance with the law.

This announcement may impact your business as you may have these newly prohibited firearms/devices in your inventory. While awaiting further details on the buy-back program, every effort should be made to return the inventory back to the manufacturer. Please note:

·         They may no longer be sold to individuals. 

·         They can be transferred to another business with the appropriate licence privileges.

·         If firearms are taken on consignment, they must be returned to the owner.

·         If the appropriate activity and conditions are attached to the business licence for prohibited firearms, the business can act as an agent for export or deactivation for an individual or other business.

Businesses that are licensed to possess prohibited firearms will maintain this privilege but should familiarize themselves with the list of newly prohibited firearms and devices found at http://canadagazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2020/2020-05-01-x3/pdf/g2-154×3.pdf.

Should you require further information on the announcement, please refer to the Public Safety Canada website at https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/cntrng-crm/frrms/index-en.aspx, or the Canadian Firearms Program website at https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms/need-know-the-government-canadas-new-prohibition-certain-firearms-and-devices.

Canadian Firearms Program

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms
Tel: 1-800-731-4000 (toll free)

Updates on Range Activities

Public Access to the Outdoor Range – cancelled for the 2020 season (Thursday evenings May to September) for the health protection of the volunteer range safety officers and the public.

Membership – Applications for NEW memberships are not being accepted at this time.

Membership Dues for Renewing Members– only renewals are being processed at this time. Send your member form with payment (cheque or credit card details) by mail, or with credit card details by email to secretary@wrpc.ca.

Gate Key – Only members who were in possession of a 2019 gate key will be issued a 2020 gate key with their membership renewal.

Range Orientation Sessions -cancelled until further notice.

Annual General Meeting of WRPC – postponed until public health protocols allow gatherings of more than 30, which is required for quorum.

Firearms Safety Courses – scheduling suspended as of March 16, 2020.

Canadian Firearms Program – check the RCMP website for current information regarding impacts of COVID-19 https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/firearms including firearms courses and license applications and renewals.

Outdoor Range Access during covid-19 pandemic

Whitehorse Rifle & Pistol Club members are expected to adhere to the public health directives that are in place to reduce the spread of the COVID-19.

Those basic directives include:

  • Keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres or 6 feet from others.
  • Stay at home as much as possible. Avoid crowds or gathering in groups.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Keep your hands away from your face.

Getting out of the house for short periods of time helps us to remain engaged with aspects of our usual routine and assists with our mental well being during this time. So, going to the range to sight in your rifle or test a new load is still possible for most club members.

Restrictions for club members accessing the outdoor range.

Club members with a 2020 gate key will be able to access the outdoor range at their convenience, as is the usual practice. All protocols relating to security of the range property remain in place. This means you must verify that when you leave, there is no one else on the property before you lock the gate or, that you pass that responsibility to the remaining club member who must have a gate key.

Do not go to the range if:

  • you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath; OR  
  • you have travelled outside of Yukon within the last 14 days; OR
  • you have come in contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days. 

Do not crowd the firing line. At the bench rest area, leave one empty bench between you and the other shooter.

At this time club members should not bring a guest. Club members in good standing should go alone. Bringing one member identified as an associate member to your membership is permissible.

Limit your time on the firing line, especially if other members have arrived after you and are waiting their turn.

At this time, only members who were in possession of a 2019 gate key will receive a 2020 gate key with their membership renewal. No range orientations will be scheduled until further notice.

Membership Renewals

Renewals of WRPC membership for the 2020 year are being accepted as follows:

By mail – to WRPC, Box 30078, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5M2. Send completed member form with cheque or money order or include credit card details and signature.

By email: – to secretary@wrpc.ca. Include credit card details and signature.

The dated renewal sticker will be mailed out along with the 2020 gate key IF you had a membership in 2019 AND were issued a 2019 gate key.

If you return your 2019 gate key by mail, tape it to a small piece of cardboard or paper so that it does not become loose and escape from the envelope during its travel through the postal service. Otherwise, just hang onto it for the time being.

Changes to Scheduled Range Activities

In order to comply with the public health directives related to preventing the spread of COVID-19, all activities, where physical distancing cannot be achieved, are now cancelled . Updates will be made to this page as the situation evolves.

Canadian Firearms Safety Courses – Suspended (effective March 17, 2020). No courses will be scheduled until public health measures permit.

Youth Air Rifle Program – Cancelled as of March 17, 2020

Indoor Range Winter Season – Closed as of March 16, 2020

Annual General Meeting Postponed – Originally scheduled for April 2, 2020

Spring Swap Meet Cancelled – Originally scheduled for April 6, 2020 –